Friday, May 14, 2010

Book Chat: Spoil Me?

I recently submitted a review of Sister's Red by Jackson Pearce on a popular bookseller's website and it was flagged and removed for spoilers.  I personally get very upset when I read a review and it contains spoilers.  I would not intentionally include spoilers in a book review without giving a warning to readers first.  I don't want to ruin anyone's reading experience.

So I went back and reread the review (which can be found here) and came to the conclusion that they were wrong.  I don't feel my review contained any more information than the back of the book. 

So I was wondering...

*Has this ever happened to anyone else?

*In your opinion, how much info is too much?  Is it considered a spoiler if you include information revealed on the back cover in your own words?

10 comments:

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

I haven't read it so I can't say. (I feel like I need the entire picture to know if one thing reveals another thing)
I'm sorry about your review being pulled :(

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

PS If it's the same info from the back cover then definitely not.

Christina T said...

I once wrote a review on my blog that a reader found to be "slightly spoilerish" so I went back and edited my review. Sometimes people don't want to know much about the plot at all I guess. I read your review and didn't think it spoiled anything but I haven't read the book yet.

I've read reviews in professional review publications that have major spoilers so now I look at those with caution if I am interested in reading a book for myself.

Wicked Walker said...

I have read the book and didn't see anything spoiler-ish in your review...weird. Someone is just extra picky...you have to TALK about the book to review it otherwise just let them read the back cover and you can say..yes, i liked it. ha ha

Felicia the Geeky Blogger said...

I had that happen a few times and I always try not to post spoilers. I think some people are unltra-sensitive but I also think if you read the jacket of the book, you often get far more spoilers than most reviews you would read.

Elie said...

I agree about the back of the book. I actually don't even read many book summaries anymore until I am at least half way through.

Michelle @ The True Book Addict said...

I remember reading your review and I did not notice any spoilers. I think that site is off their rocker, to put it mildly.

I really try not to include spoilers in my reviews and if I feel that what I'm saying is a spoiler--however small--I make sure I warn about it.

ann said...

I agree that most book jackets include spoilers. I definitely try to avoid them, but if it's a random book I picked up at the library, I need to know what it's about, and I'm often disappointed with info I've already been told once I get into it. I really like the cover of this Sister's Red book too!

GABY said...

I read your review and I don't think there are spoilers!

How are you going to review a book without telling a little bit about it?

Aubrey said...

I usually always expect something about plot when I read a review, that is just the nature of a review!

I don't think your review revealed too much...sorry you had to deal with that I bet you just feel sad and frustrated.

 
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